February 19th, 2014 02:30 PM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: South Carolina
Tags: Melvin Ingram, NFL, OK, Stephon Gilmore
In an interview this morning, South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier gave former defensive end Jadeveon Clowney plenty of credit for his talent. As for his work ethic? Well, not so much:
“Even though his production this year wasn’t near what it was last year, he had two or three guys waiting on him just about every play. His run defense was very good, though, and he chased down a bunch of guys and made tackles. His sacks — he had to run around two or three guys just about every game. I don’t think teams will quite do that in the NFL, but we’ll have to wait and see…
(His work ethic) was OK. It wasn’t like Marcus Lattimore, you know, every player is a little difference. His work habits are pretty good, they’re not quite like Lattimore, maybe Stephon Gilmore, Melvin Ingram, some of those guys, but when the ball is snapped he’s got something no one else has.”
Clowney has the talent to be a dominant pass rusher in the NFL (where he most certainly will not see anything close to a triple-team). However, you can bet any GM thinking about using a top three pick on him will consider long and hard the work ethic questions that have dogged Clowney for the past year. If his work ethic was just “OK” in college, what will it be once he signs his first contract and cashes his first big-money check? There will more than one NFL executive who’ll worry that Clowney might check out just as soon as he cashes in.
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